Las Vegas, Nev. — Today, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) released the results of a vote in which members across the country voted to authorize a nationwide strike against film and TV productions if negotiations with the AMPTP fail to produce a fair deal. IATSE Local 720 in Southern Nevada is part of the Area Standards Agreement and participated in the authorization vote.
The Nevada AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Susie Martinez released the following statement in support of this vote, and of the state federation’s local IATSE chapters:
“In a stunning show of solidarity, our brothers and sisters of IATSE voted overwhelmingly to authorize a nationwide strike in their fight to end unsafe hours, unlivable wages, and a lack of reasonable rest on set. We stand both in support of this vote and in awe of the bravery and solidarity we’ve witnessed from IATSE members across the country.
It is unbelievable that media conglomerates like the AMPTP, an ensemble that includes media mega-corporations collectively worth trillions of dollars, cannot provide behind-the-scenes crews with basic human necessities like adequate sleep, meal breaks, and living wages.
Change is long overdue for our brothers and sisters who spend long hours providing the necessary support and expertise to create the content we consume every single day. We stand by them wholeheartedly, and we applaud our local IATSE affiliates for spreading awareness about this vital vote to their members.”